I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making or painting - my sister and I were allowed paint and crayons from as soon as we could daub colour onto paper, I can’t remember first playing with plasticine to create models, it was just something I always did (this was years and years before Fimo was invented) and as mum sewed most of our clothes we had lots of material scraps to play around with for dolls clothes. I was always the class artist at school, and even though I went to grammar school I was still more interested in art than any of the academic subjects - I was really miffed that you were allowed to do three science O Levels (that shows my age!) but you couldn’t do art and needlework, you had to choose just one of them!
I did A levels at the grammar school, including Art, plus A/Os in Theatre Arts and Art History. I did take English too, but I spent probably 80% of my two A level years in the art room - I’d be up there in my lunch hour, and most of my English lessons were spent in the Art room - oops! I’d got grade As for my English Language and English Literature O levels, but by 6th form I went to so few English lessons that I got ungraded on my A level paper lol!
I didn’t actually go to art college, as I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, so I tried some ‘normal’ jobs - worked as an audit clerk (great training for book keeping), at a supermarket (good for customer service experience), ran my own shop for a year (taught me that I hate being tied to a strict schedule!), did plenty of craft fairs (back in the hey day of craft fairs in the 90s), did admin for a community arts centre (taught me lots of arty stuff too), then ended up doing admin for the council youth service and lifelong learning - they paid for me to do level 3 NVQs in Business Admin and Customer Service, which has been handy, and although I was meant to be doing regular admin work I ended up doing loads of design work throughout the council (never got paid a good rate for it though!). And throughout all that I was still doing creative things - craft fairs, face painting, Brownie crafts plus 12 years or writing and producing pantos. It’s all stood me in good stead for self employment, so although I would never want to go back to working in an office or shop again I don’t regret having tried to do a ‘normal’ job
I have to confess, though, I have never watched Art Attack! It was Take Hart for me, with good old Tony Hart and Morph - I think that was the predecessor to Art Attack? makes me feel old lol!